Notes

Amendments

7 July 2022

  1. An error has been identified in the comparison of COVID-19 disease severity rates reported for Indigenous people compared with the Australian population overall. The following changes were made to the report:
    • On page 3: the following key finding has been deleted:
      ‘Rates of severe disease (defined as intensive care unit [ICU] admission and/ or death) are 7 times as high for Indigenous Australians as for the Australian population overall: 26.9 per 100,000 compared with 4 per 100,000 during the Omicron wave.’
    • On page 42, the text under Figure 1.16 has been amended.

      From:
      As at 10 April 2022, 107 deaths had been reported among Indigenous Australians, and 275 cases had been admitted to ICUs (COVID-19 NIRST 2022c). Severe disease (defined as ICU admission or death) is more common among Indigenous populations; for example, during the Delta wave (June to December 2021), the overall rate of severe disease for Indigenous Australians was 16.2 per 100,000 compared with 1.2 per 100,000 for the Australian population overall (COVID-19 NIRST 2022b). This rate for Indigenous Australians has risen to 26.9 per 100,000 during the Omicron wave compared with around 4 per 100,000 for the Australian population overall (COVID-19 NIRST 2022c).’

      To:
      ‘As at 10 April 2022, 107 deaths had been reported among Indigenous Australians, and 275 cases had been admitted to ICUs (COVID-19 NIRST 2022c). Severe disease (defined as ICU admission or death) during the Delta wave (June to December 2021) for Indigenous Australians was 16.2 per 100,000, and rose to 26.9 per 100,000 during the Omicron wave (COVID-19 NIRST 2022b, COVID-19 NIRST 2022c).’

  2. On page 41, the caption of Table 1.10 was corrected so that the text in the caption ‘2021’ was replaced with ‘2022’.

 

13 July 2022

  1. On page 21:
    • the text under Figure 1.9 has been amended.

From:

For national reporting purposes, severe cases of COVID-19 are defined as the number of people (cases) admitted to an ICU or who died. The proportion of people with severe COVID-19 increased from 0.4 to a peak of 3.7 per 100,000 population nationally between December 2021 and mid-January 2022 in line with the increase in cases over this period (COVID-19 NIRST 2022a, 2022b). This peak was 3 times that of the Delta outbreak in September 2021 when the proportion reached 1.2 per 100,000 people.

To:

For national reporting purposes, severe cases of COVID-19 are defined as the number of people (cases) admitted to an ICU or who died. The proportion of people with severe COVID-19 per week increased from 0.4 to a peak of 3.7 per 100,000 population nationally between December 2021 and mid-January 2022 in line with the increase in cases over this period (COVID-19 NIRST 2022a, 2022b). This peak was 3 times that of the Delta outbreak when the proportion reached 1.2 per 100,000 people in the first week of September 2021.

 

  • the last sentence on the page has been amended.

From:

It shows the that the proportion of cases experiencing a severe outcome was considerably lower for Omicron than for Delta and earlier waves.

To:

It shows that the proportion of cases experiencing a severe outcome was considerably lower for Omicron than for Delta and earlier waves.

 

  1. On page 42, the text under Figure 1.16 has been amended.

From:
‘As at 10 April 2022, 107 deaths had been reported among Indigenous Australians, and 275 cases had been admitted to ICUs (COVID-19 NIRST 2022c). Severe disease (defined as ICU admission or death) during the Delta wave (June to December 2021) for Indigenous Australians was 16.2 per 100,000, and rose to 26.9 per 100,000 during the Omicron wave (COVID-19 NIRST 2022b, COVID-19 NIRST 2022c).’
 

To:

As at 10 April 2022, 107 deaths had been reported among Indigenous Australians, and 275 cases had been admitted to ICUs (COVID-19 NIRST 2022c). The overall rate of severe disease (defined as ICU admission or death) for Indigenous Australians during the Delta wave (June to December 2021) was 16.2 per 100,000 and rose to 26.9 per 100,000 by 10 April 2022 during the Omicron wave (COVID-19 NIRST 2022b, 2022c). Based on recent surveillance data supplied by the Department of Health and Aged Care, the rate of severe disease during the Omicron wave to 3 July 2022 for Indigenous Australians was 1.4 times as high compared with non-Indigenous Australians (54.0 per 100,000 compared with 37.8 per 100,000 respectively).